Qatar Airways Offers 100,000 Free Tickets To Healthcare Workers

Qatar Airways is offering frontline medical professionals and one companion 100,000 free, round-trip tickets to anywhere to in the world. In a press release, the airline said the tickets are a token of gratitude to the medical workers who have saved lives during the coronavirus outbreak. The ticket giveaway opens today and will end on 18th May. Let’s find out more.

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Qatar is one of the few airlines still operating long-haul international flights. Photo: Qatar Airways

Thanking medical staff around the world

The coronavirus has thrust medical staff into the spotlight as they deal with the worst pandemic in a century. We have all read stories of doctors and nurses working hours on end, sometimes even without the necessary protection.

To thank these key workers for their sacrifices, Qatar is offering 100,000 free tickets to medical professionals and one companion. The airline will waive the fare and all surcharges, only requiring the passengers to pay airport taxes. QMiles members will also earn miles for their flight!

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Medical staff will have an opportunity to fly anywhere in the world in Qatar’s economy cabin. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

In a press release, the airline’s outspoken CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said,

“There are no words or gestures that are enough to repay these brave men and women but we hope that our small offer of a complimentary return flight on Qatar Airways will allow them to enjoy a well-deserved holiday…as travel restrictions start to ease.”

The return flight will be in economy and will offer medical workers some well-deserved time off.

How will the scheme work?

Qatar expects the offer will attract thousands of medical workers from all over the world. To deal with this demand, the airline has come up with a system to allocate these tickets. Medical workers have to register here, after which they will receive a unique promotion code on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each country will receive a daily allocation of tickets based on its population, which will reset every day at 00:01 (Doha time). The offer will last for seven days, from 12th to 18th May, giving everyone seven possible chances.

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Medical professionals, or those registering on their behalf, will get seven chances to win tickets. Photo: Getty Images

In order to win, we would recommend logging into the site before the new allocation at 00:01 (Doha time), filling in the form, and having it ready to submit. As soon as it’s 00:01, hit submit and hope you got there first. In case you don’t win on the first day, keep trying and hopefully, you’ll get lucky!

Airlines picking up on the trend

While Qatar is the first to give such a large offer to medical professionals, airlines have been doing their bit for medical workers. American, in partnership with Hyatt, offered thousands of New York medical workers a three-night vacation to select destinations. Other airlines, such as JetBlue and Delta, have not given holidays but instead offered free tickets to those volunteering in the medical efforts and need to get somewhere to help.

Qatar has offered the most generous program of any airline, but we could see more airlines adding their own offers soon. While some may see this as a PR stunt, regardless, it is important to recognize the efforts of the medical staff and thank them in any way you can, be it through food or flight tickets.

What do you think of Qatar’s new initiative? Should other airlines also join this effort? Let us know in the comments below.